When I heard how big the waves were going to be on the coast, I dropped everything and headed out there for a couple of days. I’m sure glad I decided to go because it was a couple of days that I’ll probably never forget.
The unrelenting power of the sea was on full display. The photographers that braved the storm alongside me were all drenched by sea spray. When the waves met the land, they exploded to 200-300 feet in size. It was jaw dropping, and I may have said a few swear words out loud.
On Thursday, I walked over to wear the trees are in the right side of the image. I was only able to take a few quick shots before the sky suddenly opened up and began dumping hail, followed by buckets of rain. Then the lightning started, and the wind gusts really picked up. People were scrambling for shelter.
Before I could even get my gear packed up, so I could hurry back to the car, I was totally soaked. In less than a 24 hour period, I had completely drenched 3 pairs of pants. By the time I got to my last pair, I decided I didn’t want to put myself in a position to get too wet.
After marveling at the waves some more on Friday, I drove down the coast to Boardman. I was hoping for large waves along one of my favorite stretches of coastline, and I wasn’t disappointed. The sun even broke through for an unexpected sunset, as you’ll see in my next post.
Things got intense last night as a supercell rolled through southern Oregon. I almost didn’t go out with my camera last night, but I decided I needed to get out, or I’d have zero chance of getting a shot, if a storm materialized.
While I was driving aimlessly, I noticed one side of the sky had gone incredibly dark. And it was absolutely dumping tons of rain on Ashland as the sky sparkled from all the lightning. I’ve never seen such an ominous storm in person before. I decided to drive towards it a little bit and park on the side of the road for some photos. (I’ll have to post those iPhone shots tomorrow.)
In my iPhone shots, you can actually see the storm building before me. After about 15-20 minutes of shooting from the middle of a road, the storm got on top of me and the wind gusts nearly blew my hat off. The wind pushed me back towards my car, and I didn’t fight it. I knew this wasn’t like any storm I’ve been in before. Thats when the sky opened up and massive raindrops began pelting my car. I took a few shots through the windshield, but I also tried to roll down a window and shoot. A fat raindrop made a loud smack on my arm as it hit my shirt. A smack through a shirt???
Seeing as I was in shorts and a t-shirt, I decided to run home to grab a jacket, and my rain cover for my Nikon. I also decided to be a good boyfriend and pick up my girlfriend and her son to join me on the adventure. The three of us drove around town a little bit, searching for a good view of the sky. The colors were unlike any sunset I’ve seen before. They kept changing, and covered pretty much every sunrise/sunset I’ve ever shot. At one point, everything turned gold. Not a normal gold, but the most intense gold I’ve seen. My vision felt off because the color was totally new to me.
I decided the best spot for photos was going to be up on a mountain, so thats where I headed. It felt safer too, since power was out in part of the city, and tree branches littered the roads. We spent about 30 minutes watching the sunset on one side of the valley, and the storm on the other. It was pretty amazing.
This was shot on a summer day in San Francisco. Hard to believe, I know. I walked down Baker Beach, looking for a good spot to get a shot of the bridge, but it was socked in. Just before I got to the spot where I took this photo, there were a couple of gentleman laying out nude. I had a feeling I wouldn’t escape SF without seeing some sort of nudity.
Anyways, I finally got around to sharing this one, and it just so happens that I’ll be heading back to the city tomorrow. I’m finally going to spend the day with my aunt and my cousin, so they can show me around some cool spots for photos. We originally planned on going July 24th. I remember the date because thats the morning that my grandma fell. We’ve been through a lot together since then. I’m looking forward to hanging out under better circumstances.
Let’s hope the fog stays away this time so I can get some sweet photos.
I forget what I used to shoot this one. Either the default camera app or camera+. I used Snapseed to make some adjustments, including a tiltshift effect to give it some depth.
When I look at this photo, I remember the crazy gusts of wind blowing through this valley. You can’t really tell just by looking at these turbines though. I should have had the girls that were with me posing as turbines too. Then you could see their hair blowing all over the place. This one was actually taken from the passenger seat of a moving car.
Shot with camera+ and edited with Snapseed. The drama filter made for a dramatic sky, once again.
RainyDaze is another cool app from JixiPix. Its free right now in the app store and could be fun to play with when you want a gloomy style for your photo. I’m definitely ready for summer to be over, so this app is right up my alley. Give me some cool storm clouds to shoot already.
This shot was taken during the daytime with a clear blue sky. RainyDaze added clouds and rain. I also used the app to remove the saturation because it wouldn’t look natural if the ground still looked like it was sunny out. I also added a slight vignette and a dark, purplish tone. I don’t know if I like the dreamy look to it. That was from the romantic strength slider. I’ll have to be more careful with that next time.
This scene already had the storm clouds in it, but no rain. RainyDaze took care of that.
Go check out RainyDaze while its free.
Who doesn’t love some clouds to add interest to a photo? I’m still getting use to the weather and the way the clouds behave here. For some reason, the clouds these past few days have been hanging out above the town or to the north. They certainly look cool, but it means I have to drive to the other side of the valley to shoot them…not that a 10 minute drive is a big deal.
Shot with ProHDR, edited with Snapseed.
The warm weather is bringing the tourists back :(. Pismo Beach was crawling with them.
I shot this from the pier with camera+. I added a tilt shift effect with Snapseed.